When space is limited, think vertically! Bunk beds are a great way to create more space in kids' bedrooms, which are usually on the smaller side. Not only do they let siblings share a room, but they allow for more floor space in which to play. Even if your children are lucky enough to have a room for themselves, a bunk bed can be useful for sleepovers. Today's bunk beds are stylish as well as practical and come in a variety of combinations to suit every family's needs.
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Playhouse Bunk Beds Save on space with this twin-over-twin bunk bed. A low-profile lower bunk is perfect for smaller children. Full-length guardrails on the upper bunk prevent accidental falls. A built-in ladder tightly attaches to the bed for easy access and wobble-free footing.
Designer advice: More than just a space-saving bed, this adorable bunk bed features a pitched roof and cottage-inspired wall with two windows. Available in white or gray, the top bunk can be used for sleeping or as a cozy retreat to play house. Eighteen slats are included, so no boxsprings are required. A six-inch mattress thickness (sold separately) is recommended.
Bunk Beds with Built In Stairs With a total height of just 50.6", this twin-over-twin bunk bed is lower to the ground and keeps little ones from falling off the bottom bunk. Guard rails surround the top bunk and measure 13.7" high for extra protection. Comes in gray or white.
Designer advice: Built-in stairs do double duty as a safe way to get to the top bunk with open storage on the back end. Whether you're storing toys, books or additional bedding, this space is a convenient way to tuck away items and keep the bedroom clean and tidy. The stairs are only 14.5" wide so don't add greatly to the overall length of the bunk beds.
Bunk Bed with Bonus Trundle Bed A durable metal frame provides safety and longevity in this bunk bed. The metal support slats remove the need for box springs. Ladders flank each end of the bed, so either end can be positioned against a wall. These beds require assembly.
Designer advice: Perfect for any sleepover, this bunk bed also features a trundle bed that easily rolls out on six easy-glide castors and safely rolls back when no longer needed. Available in black, white or gray. Choose coordinating sheets and bedding for all three mattresses. While the bottom bunk suits an 8" thick mattress, both the top and trundle beds are better with 6" thick mattresses.
Triple Bunk Beds This bunk bed frame is constructed from solid pine wood with iron alloy bolts, keeping the whole bed sturdy and secure. A ladder is attached to the end of one of the lower twin beds and is angled for easy access. The estimated assembly time is 30 minutes.
Designer advice: Whether you have a large family or love to host sleepovers, this triple bunk bed boasts the best space-saving design. Both lower beds have built-in drawers at the ends of the bunk as well as a nightstand that's attached between the two beds. The pinewood frame is painted a mid-tone gray, perfect for adding pops of bright or muted colors.
Dormitory Style Bunk Beds The compact design of this twin-over-twin bunk bed fits anywhere a standard twin bed can fit. Made from sturdy metal, it includes secured metal slats, full-length guardrails and an integrated ladder. The bed has an under-bed clearance of 10.5", perfect for fitting storage drawers.
Designer advice: These classic dormitory-style bunk beds come in white or black and provide a clean palette that can be paired with any coordinating color palette. The narrow ladder bars can hurt little feet, so you may wish to buy ladder covers to soften the climb. "Beddys" bedding is perfect for easily making up bunk beds. One-piece coverlet comes with sheets sewn right in.
Twin Over Twin Over Twin Bunk Beds Three bunk beds get stacked on top of each other for the ultimate in space-saving bunk beds. When you no longer need three stacked beds, they can be reconfigured as three free-standing twin beds. Crafted of solid and manufactured wood, the beds come in white, mocha, gray and black color options.
Standard Bunk Bed with Trundle A trundle bed below the lower bunk is hidden in a drawer front that pulls out and slides back in. The end ladder can be positioned to the left or right for easy access to the top bunk. Crafted from solid pine wood and finished in white, espresso, dark cherry or gray.
Solid Wood Bunk Bed Crafted from solid pine wood, this twin-over-twin bunk bed is easy to assemble. Choose from a natural wood finish or pine wood painted white, clay, gray or navy. The bottom bunk sits only two inches from the floor, ensuring small children don't roll out of bed during the night.
Twin Over Full Bunk Bed Free up even more space with this twin over full bunk bed in a white, espresso or gray finish. Assembly is easy and the finished product feels strong and sturdy. Slat rails for both a full bed mattress and twin are included, as well as detachable guard rails and a built-in ladder.
Streamlined Bunk Bed For bigger kids who still want to share a bedroom, this sturdy steel bed is made for two full mattresses. No box spring is required as the bunk beds come with 22 slats per bed. The top bed can support up to 300 lbs while the bottom bed can support up to 450 lbs.